Debating the Freedoms America Promotes (video)
On October 18, 2012 a panel of noted experts with differing points of view debated the question “Is the Promotion of International LGBT Rights Given Greater Priority than the Promotion of International Religious Freedom?”. Specifically, the participants considered (1) whether the active promotion of LGBT rights around the world has diminished the United States’ dedication to promoting religious freedom abroad, (2) to what extent, if any, these two concepts are mutually exclusive, (3) what political implications has this had for the United States—both domestically and internationally, and (4) what role should and does American public opinion play in shaping international diplomacy on issues of religious freedom and LGBT rights.
Thomas Farr, Director, Religious Freedom Project, Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University
Austin Ruse, President, Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM)
James Kirchick, Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Tad Stahnke, Director of Policy and Programs, Human Rights First
Robert Reilly (chair), Former Director, Voice of America